@ the Barn Restaurant, Granby, CT

@ the Barn Restaurant, Granby, CT

If you live or happen to be traveling in Granby or East Granby, CT you’ll notice several smaller-sized casual restaurants mostly serving pizza, grinders and salads. So when “@ the Barn” restaurant opened in Granby on September 2015, I was anxious to try the new local place. I’m glad I did!

@ the Barn” restaurant opened in Granby on September 2015

@ the Barn” restaurant opened in Granby on September 2015

@ The Barn is located on East Granby Road (Route 20) very close to Granby Center (intersection of Routes 20 and 202), next to the Bank of America. The restaurant has a nice modern décor (notice the glass-blown overhead lights upon entry), despite it’s exterior barn look to match the restaurant’s name.

The restaurant has a nice modern interior décor.

The restaurant has a nice modern interior décor.

 

The restaurant features new American upscale cuisine, offering the first true fine dining restaurant option to Granby. Within the restaurant, you’ll find several comfortable dining areas, as well as a full service bar, upstairs lounge raw bar and a three-season outdoor patio.

I’ve now been to this restaurant three times, all for lunch. Each time, the restaurant’s service is attentive and extremely courteous. You’ll notice your water glass is continually filled.

At each lunch, I’ve tried different dishes to gain a broad menu experience. I have not been disappointed. Everything is delicious.

Here’s what I’ve tried during my dining experiences:

Visit #1 – Girlfriend’s lunch. We shared the margarita pesto flatbread and the braised short rib tacos with red rice. While we enjoyed both, I think it’s fair to say that we preferred the tacos. The combination of flavors is spot on!

Short Rib Tacos

Short Rib Tacos

Margarita pesto flatbread

Margarita pesto flatbread

After seeing several delicious desserts go by, we decided to share the chocolate torte garnished with dark chocolate, cranberry and pistachio bark. It was decadent and the presentation beautiful too.

Chocolate torte garnished with dark chocolate, cranberry and pistachio bark

Chocolate torte garnished with dark chocolate, cranberry and pistachio bark

 

Visit #2 – Lunch date with Hubby. After a busy Saturday morning of running errands, we decided to take a break, catch our breath and enjoy a few moments together over a nice lunch. My husband heard me rave about the short rib tacos so there was no “arm twisting” needed. He ordered them and loved them as much as I had on my first visit.

Short rib tacos - no sharing this time!

Short rib tacos – no sharing this time!

I continued on my menu exploration and ordered the grilled cheese with side salad. They taken a classic ordinary comfort food to extraordinary levels with ingredients of fig jam, Brie, arugula, caramelized onion on a crispy focaccia bread. It was another hit in my opinion.

Grilled cheese with side salad.

Grilled cheese with side salad.

We finished our date lunch by sharing the brownie sundae. It was a delicious sweet ending to a perfect lunch.

Brownie sundae

Brownie sundae

Visit #3 – Lunch catching up with a long-time friend and former boss

Upon my most recent visit, I was meeting my friend Kim whom I hadn’t seen in a while. I suggested eating @ The Barn as one of our options. She had heard about it and was excited to try it. She took my recommendation and ordered the grilled cheese. Once she saw that it contained fig jam and Brie, there was very little convincing needed. She loved it. While I was tempted to order it again – yes it is that good – I decided to continue on the menu exploration and ordered the hazelnut-crusted chicken sandwich with side salad. The combination of flavors derived from the crusting, cranberry chutney and baby spinach is a huge hit on the delicious brioche roll. This choice was another home run!

Hazelnut-crusted chicken sandwich with side salad

Hazelnut-crusted chicken sandwich with side salad

Kim enjoyed our meal so much; she made a dinner reservation for the following week before leaving our lunch.

I am very glad to see more and more fine dining establishments moving to suburbs. This way we don’t always have to travel to Hartford or West Hartford to experience this fine dining caliber. I am excited to go back to @ The Barn restaurant; maybe I’ll try it for dinner next or Sunday Brunch.

 

Have you ever eaten at @ The Barn restaurant?

What’s your favorite extraordinary lunch spot?